Mercy at work. Have you ever felt in great need of the loving presence of God in your life, wanted to experience His mercy and His love? Well right now, seminaries across Africa and Asia are helping to prepare future priests who will carry the Lord’s loving, merciful heart to uplift the poor, to reach out to children and families, and to comfort the sick and dying. But these future priests need your help.

“We visit the sick and share the word of God with them,” explains Phiri Zakariah Moses, studying at St. Dominic’s Major Seminary in Zambia. Like his fellow seminarians, he needs help to pay tuition costs, and St. Dominic’s wants to expand to accept more students. “St. Luke tells us, ‘Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none, and whoever has food should do likewise,’” Phiri says. “I pray that you will do the same…helping us to then help others.”

On another continent, in Timor-Leste (East Timor), Nato, a student at San Pedro e Paulo Major Seminary in Dili, longs also to bring loving help to the people of his homeland. Timor-Leste, one of the poorest countries in the world, was torn by war and violence – and Nato’s family became refugees. “I feel compassion for my people, and I know their pain and suffering,” he says. “We still have a vision of hope. I’ll work to confirm this hope in them and together realize our vision with our faith in God.”

Mercy at work – bringing concrete help, building sustaining hope. Would you consider being a partner with seminarians in Zambia, Timor-Leste and throughout the Missions? Will you offer support to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith/Society of St. Peter Apostle to enable them to complete their studies so as to serve their people? Perhaps you can send a year’s help of $700, or something toward that. Maybe a month’s support of $60. Sisters and Brothers receive similar assistance. Whatever amount you can send will be treasured and will connect you to their mercy at work!

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Future priests and religious are grateful for your response to their great need. We join our prayers to those of the seminarians and religious novices who count on your generous missionary support, and will also remember you and your intentions throughout this summer.

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